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pexels-photo-544966-300x200The New York State Inspector General announced the arraignments of two construction contractors for allegedly putting their workers at risk by not providing them with workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

Segundo Loja and Robert A. Lutz were arraigned in Saratoga Springs City Court on February 6. According to court documents, Loja, who is the owner of NY Power Construction Corporation, allegedly submitted a fake certificate of insurance that showed his company had obtained both workers’ compensation and commercial general liability insurance coverage, as required by law for any company with employees.

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appointment-book-blur-care-40568-300x200Federal prosecutors arrested the owners of two Georgia-based telemedicine companies on Feb. 4th on charges of conspiracy ranging from fraud to money laundering. Reinaldo Wilson, 51, and his wife, Jean Wilson, 49, allegedly led a scheme to receive kickbacks and bribes for ordering orthodontic braces through Medicare for people who didn’t need them. The indictment indicates the plan operated between March 2017 and April 2019.

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pexels-photo-534204-300x167The Institute of Justice has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Wayne County, Michigan, alleging that county police seize vehicles from residents in Detroit simply because they have driven in or out of high-crime areas.

The lead plaintiff in the case is Melisa Ingram of Detroit. Police seized her vehicle twice after accusing her of committing crimes without ever formally charging her. Ingram had to pay thousands of dollars to get her vehicle back to prevent the county prosecutor from keeping it under civil asset forfeiture laws.

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pexels-photo-164501-300x200The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois announced the indictment of the former president of an Illinois-based non-profit organization for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 from the charity.

Carol Babbitt, 60, was charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. She was released from custody on February 7 after her initial appearance in federal court. The press did not name an attorney for her.

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document-agreement-documents-sign-48148-300x199Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Santos Y. Cardona this week for allegedly evading paying almost $200,000 in workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

Cardona of Fort Meyers was charged with workers’ compensation fraud and scheme to defraud. He was booked into Lee County Jail. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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